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  1. Maybe mirtazapine would help more with his appetite? It has worked pretty well for Sweep after chemo, in conjunction with Cerenia. Might be worth asking. Mystery illnesses are the worst. Hopefully Dr. Couto will have some insight.
  2. Thinking of you today and hoping for a good report.
  3. Thanks, everyone, that makes me feel better. We'll let her dictate the pace (who am I kidding? she always has) and work on accepting that walks might be a thing of the past. We're all still figuring out this new normal.
  4. Thanks, MP. Sweep does seem to have figured out that moving faster is much easier than leisurely walking. And just in the past few days she has learned that she can still sit, so she takes a break when she needs to!
  5. Thanks! She's a back leg amp, actually (back right), but everything you said still makes sense. Maybe after Thursday's final(!!) chemo she'll get a little more pep in her step.
  6. Is anyone still using this thread? (I'd love to think that's a good sign.) Posting here with a question in case helpful for others later. Anyone who's gone through amp with a senior: how long (if ever) did it take to build up their stamina? We're about two months post-amp, and while Sweep seems generally happy and comfortable, she has no stamina whatsoever. Walks of any length are out of the question. We make it about halfway down the alley before her back leg is buckling and we have to turn around. She enjoys the smells, I'm sure, but it's hard to watch. I don't know whether it's naive to hope for improvement with a just-turned-12-year-old or we just let her out for quick potty breaks and sunbathing sessions in the yard for the rest of her life. She is perkier with the fall temps and even attempted a senior version of a zoomie the other day, so again, I do think she's feeling mostly good, she's just weak. (It doesn't help that pre-amp we weren't doing walks because of the summer temps, so she wasn't in peak condition by any means.) Thanks for any insights.
  7. No! I'm so very sorry, Mary Pat. Rest well, sweet girl.
  8. Not the update we wanted. Holding good thoughts for you both.
  9. Thank you, frens! Sweep had a faboo birthday, and best of all NO thunderboomers as predicted, just rain. Today we are snoozing in the sun, sniffing the fall air, and enjoying the beautiful weather and long-awaited cooler temperatures!
  10. Liverwurst, bull pizzle, chicken feet, and lamb ears are all things one might find in your kitchen. Conversations about poop quality are a normal occurrence. Chattering, roaching, trancing, and GSOD are all part of your vocabulary.
  11. You get ice cream for lunch on your birthday.
  12. I was thinking "Be a dear, would you, and bring me another mai tai." But yours is probably more accurate.
  13. She made it! Minus one leg, but who's counting. Sweep is 12 today, and we are so grateful to hit this milestone. We kicked off the celebration with eggs for breakfast. Our forecast today is KNOT good, sadly, but the weekend looks beautiful so we'll find some outdoor adventures for her. For now, here are some photos from the past week: Her fairy godmother sent delicious treats! They were well received. We got some sunbathing in... And a pawdicure... Plusalso a R-I-D-E! (Alas, not a car wash.) We love this girl more than we can say and are so relieved cancer hasn't stolen her spirit. Every day with her is a gift, but today we celebrate extra.
  14. Wow, what a whirlwind of emotions (you know I've been on that roller coaster too). I hope the prednisone gives Emma some relief and you more time with your precious girl.
  15. We flew Singapore Airlines to Japan many years ago on an Airbus A380. Ah-ma-zing. A steamed hand towel upon departure and meal service. A fancy bound menu book. A half-pint of Ben and Jerry's for dessert. Free booze including their signature Singapore Sling. Perhaps most incredible of all: leg room. All in coach, mind you. This was with a tour group that I am sure got a great bulk rate. If you ever have the opportunity to fly with SA, do it! Now I love them even more.
  16. Yes, that's normal behavior for a greyhound. They're competitive and they play rough, which is why they're all muzzled when they race. Most of us here don't do dog parks for that reason, but an all-greyhound meet-up sounds perfect. It levels the playing field and he'll probably have a blast. You can work with him on walks to address the lunging at other dogs. Sweep used to do that as well; I always thought of it as her "correcting" them for some perceived rudeness. Greyhounds speak fluent dog and are sometimes not very tolerant of those outside their breed. Is your boy food motivated? What worked with Sweep was the "watch me" or "look at me" command. As soon as I saw someone with a dog ahead on our path, if I couldn't avoid them altogether, I'd keep feeding her treats, holding them near my face and saying "look at me" until we safely passed by. It worked quite well, but she also mellowed a lot with age. If he's muzzled, on lead, and under your control on walks, you shouldn't have to worry about him causing damage. You might want to think about a harness if he's straining to get closer so he doesn't hurt his neck. He sounds like a lovely boy and with a bit of training and more time in your home, he'll be a gem, I'm sure!
  17. Ducky, I just learned that Cassie the miracle girl (found 5 years after she escaped from her foster home) went to the Bridge in June, shortly before she turned 12. Could you add her to the list? Thank you.
  18. What a handsome boy! So sleek and shiny. Yep, toast is right. Congrats!
  19. What a character he was, and quite obviously adored. I'm so sorry for your sudden loss and that you weren't even given a chance to fight this awful disease. Sending hugs. Rest well, Ernie.
  20. After. October 21. She'll just have to have two parties!
  21. Sweep is staunchly anti-banana. We make our homemade Frosty Paws with applesauce instead.
  22. Good news on the bloodwork! Hope Jeter is cleared for a dental and improves from there. Please keep us posted.
  23. That's what I feared. I'm so sorry for his people.
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